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IDA LISTS $102 MILLION IN DEVELOPMENT

Genesee County has had company financed industrial development investments of more than $102 million in the past four years, according to a report released Friday by the county's Industrial Development Agency.

The projects range from $160,000 for new equipment at Liberty Pumps in Bergen in 1998 to $6.5 million for the expansion of the Automotive Corp. in the Town of Batavia this year.

However, the largest investments in the IDA assisted programs to retain and expand local industry came from the Six Flags Darien Lake theme park in the Town of Darien.

The investments include $10 million in 1998 to build a hotel on the park's grounds to $14.5 million in 1999 for an expansion of facilities.

John C. Dwyer, IDA executive director, said about 40 local industries have been involved, about half of them in expansion plans.

Topping the $5 million mark in capital investments by companies are Batavia's Eastern Molding and O-At-Ka Milk Products, both for expansion, and Automotive Corp. for acquisition. LeRoy's Village Green retirement home also invested $5.3 million for start-up costs in 1999.

Dwyer said IDA efforts include collaboration among key agencies, including the Empire State Development Corp., the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

A comprehensive plan called "Genesee 2000" was adopted by the County Legislature in 1998 to oversee economic development, available county funding, and intergovernmental cooperation.

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